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Youth Wind Ensemble

The San Bernardino Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (SBSYWE) is a new music education initiative from the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra. The SBSYWE provides a nurturing and creative environment where young musicians can grow musically and holistically through performance.


SBSYWE is a wind symphony for woodwinds, brass, and percussion students ranging from ages 14 to 21 and representing the Inland Empire, Coachella Valley, and surrounding areas.


Instruments include flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, and double bass. The ensemble is under the artistic leadership of Mr. Patrick Harris and he plans to provide a high-quality artistic experience to members of the ensemble. Students in the SBSYWE are offered free or discounted tickets to San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra concerts throughout the season.


Normally, the SBSYWE will provide two concerts per academic year. Performances are presented at San Bernardino Valley College Auditorium. Rehearsals are held on select Sundays from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at San Bernardino Valley College Band Rehearsal Room. 



Cycle 2 auditions now open until March 6, 2024!

Here is how students may join the ensemble:

  1. Virtual Audition Process. This is only for new members wanting to join the SBSOYWE.

  2. Welcoming back returning members who played in the ensemble during the prior season, with no audition. (WELCOME BACK!)

  3. Director Recommendation. 


2023-24 Schedule


Concert #1 

November 26, 2023

December 3, 2023

December 10, 2023 (Master Class #1)

January 7, 2024

January 21, 2024

January 28, 2024

February 4, 2024

February 11, 2024 (Master Class #2)

February 25, 2024 (Concert)


Concert #2 

March 10, 2024

March 17, 2024

March 24, 2024

April 7, 2024 (Master Class #1)

April 21, 2024

April 28, 2024

May 5, 2024 (Master Class #2)

May 12, 2024

May 19, 2024 (Concert) 



Tuition for the 2023-2024 season is $250. Students may pay the whole amount of $250 at the start of the season, or $125 per semester. Payment in full, or a payment plan, is due by the first rehearsal.  If you need to set up a payment plan, a request may be made to our office at You can also email us for more information. 


Need-based financial aid is available to students who require financial assistance. Please contact us for further information.


Full payment, payment plan set up, or scholarship approval needs to be received by the first rehearsal of each concert cycle. Up-to-date financial status is a requirement for participation in the Youth Wind Ensemble.







San Bernardino Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble

PO Box 109

San Bernardino, CA 92402 


Wind Ensemble Conductor

Mr. Patrick Harris, Director of Bands

photo of wind ensemble




  • Students will check rehearsal and performance schedules and resolve potential conflicts in advance. (See the attendance policy below.)

  • Students will warm up prior to rehearsal and be seated in the rehearsal or concert hall 15 minutes prior to all engagements.

  • Students will be prepared with the requisite technique to make music at every rehearsal, having practiced and prepared their music at home.

  • Students will be prepared for rehearsal with all necessary rehearsal tools, including instruments, sheet music, pencils, mutes, and other accessories. Percussionists will provide their own variety of mallets.

  • Students will keep the rehearsal room clean, organized, and secure. All chairs and stands will be returned to the racks after rehearsal. Percussionists will be responsible for the set-up and tear down of all percussion equipment before and after rehearsals and performances. 

  • No food or drink (save water) is allowed in the rehearsal room or concert hall at any time.



  • Students will warm up prior to the concert and will be seated in the concert hall 15 minutes prior to the call time.

  • Students will be prepared for the concert with all necessary rehearsal tools, including instruments, sheet music, pencils, mutes, and other accessories. Percussionists will provide their own variety of mallets.

  • No food or drink (save water) is allowed in the concert hall at any time.

  • Concert attire:

    • Option A: Black dress slacks, black dress shoes, black socks, long-sleeved black dress shirt, plain black tie. Athletic shoes, track shoes, and jeans (or jean-like trousers) are NOT acceptable.

    • Option B: Long black dress or skirt (at or below the knee) or black dress pants. Mini-skirts and jean-like pants are NOT acceptable. If wearing a skirt, black/off-black nylons are required, along with a minimum 3/4-sleeved black blouse with a conservative neck, neatly pressed and tucked in. NO sweaters, bare shoulders, or midriffs. Black shoes. NO sandals, open-toed, tennis, or track shoes. Please make all jewelry selections and hair adornments unobtrusive. 

    • Check out for ideas!

photo wind ensemble

Instruments and Equipment:

  • All SBSYWE students are responsible for their own instruments. Lost, stolen, or damaged instruments or accessories are not the responsibility of SBSYWE.

  • Sheet music and folders will be collected at the end of each concert and students will be held financially responsible for any lost or damaged music folders.

  • Percussionists are required to provide their own mallets and sticks. All San Bernardino Valley College equipment must be returned to the storage space before leaving rehearsals and concerts.

School Participation Policy:

SBSYWE is committed to a partnership with regional public and private schools. Except in rare circumstances where no music program exists, all SBSYWE members are encouraged to participate in their respective school music programs, preferably in the concert band. SBSYWE also encourages its members to audition for honor bands, participate in solo and ensemble festivals, and take private studio lessons.

Want to Support a Student?

Student tuition is assessed in order that this program can be self-supporting, but not every student can afford to pay. You can support an SBSYWE student by making a donation of any amount. Click on:


Then select "Support a Youth Wind Ensemble Member" from the drop-down menu. Thank you!

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